We've been farming for a while now, and have changed our focus from live plants and a vegetable CSA to mainly Honeybees. We stopped full time farming in 2012 but have continued to expand out beekeeping operation as a sideling business.
Why "Buffalo Lick"?
One thing folks ask right away is "What's with the name?" Well, the short answer is, it's the name of the road the farm is on. That just doesn't cover it though. If you like history, read on:
In the 1770's there was a naturalist and plant collector named William Bartram who explored much of the Southeast United States. His father was John Bartram, founder of the first botanical garden in North America. William set out on a survey expidition that was charged with mapping out an area of land the Creek and Cherokee indians agreed to ceede to the colony of Georgia. William intended to use the trip to make plant discoveries. One of the landmarks used for this survey was "The Great Buffalo Lick", a patch of ground described as being at the head waters of the Ogechee river, where the native buffalo licked mineral and clay deposits out of the ground. This area, very unique and famous in that time, was used as a reference point for the surveyors. A little later in history, there is a legend that tells that at the end of the civil war, as Jeff Davis was fleeing the Union Army, that to lighten his load he hid part of the Confederate gold he took with him from the treasurary at the Great Buffalo Lick, never to be found. Perhaps that gold was never found because the exact location of the Great Buffalo Lick disapered with the Buffalo. In the 1930's a group of folks decided that since Bartram described the area as being at the head waters of the Mighty Ogechee river, that that must have been where it was and erected a stone monument to mark the spot along the highway. That's how the road our farm is on got it's name. I love the story so much that I could not imagine calling our farm anything else, especialy after reading "The Travels of William Bartram".